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Interview with Bridge The Gap
What got you into music, and if you had not gotten into music what would you be doing today?
Good question. It’s hard to say. Maybe something in the creative arts or writing of some sort.
What do you like to do when you are not playing music and how does that influence your creativity?
We’re all dads and family guys. So spending time with our families is important to us, and it definitely influences our music. See: Whippersnapper off our album Secret Kombinations. We cook, skateboard, watch football, and whatnot. Yeah, not hockey. Always wanted to get into hockey, but haven’t gotten around to it.
How long has your band been around?
Bridge The Gap has existed since the summer of 2022 when we got together to make our album Secret Kombinations. We were all in a different band called UNFOLD in the late ‘90s/early ‘00s, though, so we’ve been making music together for a long, long time.
Where are you based out of and how did that influence your music?
We’re originally from Utah. Some of us still live in Utah, some in Colorado. I’m not sure our geographic origins influenced our music, other than motivating us to want to break away and expand our borders through touring.
How did you come up with the name of your band and what does it mean to you?
We like what Bridge The Gap means. To overcome the obstacle. It’s a core part of our philosophy as a band and as individuals.
Tell me about your most memorable shows.
Man, I wouldn’t know where to start. There’s nothing like the experience of playing live, especially when it’s to your own tribe. Actual fans of your music singing along… it’s a very special experience.
What is your favorite venue to play at, and do you have any places you want to play that you have not already?
Bridge The Gap hasn’t played outside the U.S. yet but we’re going to. I wouldn’t say we have a favorite venue. But we also want to make it to Canada soon, where our kind of music has lots of fans. And there are a lot of BTG fans up there north of the 49th parallel.
If you could play any show with any lineup, who would be on the ticket?
…the dream would be to play with Bad Religion.
What is some advice that you would give to someone who is just getting into playing in a band and some advice that you would give to your younger self?
My advice to my younger self, and anyone starting in a band, is to really focus on writing songs and performing when you can. But the key is this: don’t ever stop.
If you could go back in time and give yourselves advice, what would it be?
Good things come to those who wait and persist.
Of your songs which one means the most to you and why?
Whippersnapper. It’s an ode to our children. Kind of a musical last will and testament.
Which songs are your favorite to play and which get requested the most?
My Creation is definitely the song people want to hear live. We love performing it.
What is the creative process for the band, and what inspires you to write your music?
What inspires us topically to write songs can vary. It can be stuff in our personal lives, politics, world events. Whatever moves us.
What kinds of messages do you like to get across in your music?
Positivity is a priority.
Do you ever have disagreements in your band, and how do you get past them?
Of course we have disagreements. You get past them by compromising. It’s the only way. No individual in a band can win every argument without it becoming a dictatorship and, thus, not a band.
What are your plans for the future, and do you have anything that you want to spotlight that is coming up?
We have a new single entitled Revenant that drops on Halloween, October 31. We’re currently writing for a new album that we’ll record at The Blasting Room with Bill Stevenson in February. In between, we’re planning on taking some show offers. Then we tour next summer after the new album drops.